Chicago Democratic state Rep. Michael Madigan announced his resignation from the seat he has held for half a century amid a federal bribery investigation that disrupted his long political career.
“It has been my great honor to serve the people of Illinois as speaker of the House and state representative of the 22nd District,” he said in a statement on Thursday, adding that he’s “at peace” with his decision to resign.
Madigan, the former Illinois House speaker and Democratic Party boss, is regarded as the longest-tenured state House speaker in U.S. history. The politician’s 50-year service was marred after federal authorities scrutinized multiple associates of his, including leading figures in a city power company, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). Madigan, who has not been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing, lost his campaign for a 19th term as House speaker to Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch in January after 19 Democratic colleagues refused to support his candidacy.